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Tokyo 2020 Paralympics: Team Nigeria Wins First Medal As Tijani Claims Gold In Powerlifting

Tokyo 2020 Paralympics: Team Nigeria Wins First Medal As Tijani Claims Gold In Powerlifting 

Team Nigeria has won its first medal at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics after Latifat Tijani won gold in the women’s powerlifting on Thursday, Completesports.com reports.

Competing in the  -45kg, Tijani lifted 107kg to better her silver medal at the Rio 2017 games.

China’s Zhe Cui finished second with a lift of 102kg while Justyna Kosdryk was third after lifting 101kg.

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Tijani attempted to set a new Paralympics Record on her 4th attempt, trying to lift 117kg but failed to do so.

Her best lift of 107kg is a little short of the PR of 108kg set by China’s Dandan Hu in 2016.

Earlier on Thursday, Yakubu Adesokan missed out on a podium placement in men’s -49kg finishing 4th with his best lift of 155kg.

Adesokan attempted 161kg on his last attempt to snatch Bronze from Azerbaijan’s Parvin Mammadov who lifted 156kg, but failed to lift it.

By James Agberebi 

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